Sunday, 09 December 2012 19:00

Day 4 Recap

Good morning Frostbiters!
Saturday, December 8 marked Day 4 of the 2012-2013 Frostbite Series.  The rain and fog let up just before noon, and the breeze held up just long enough for us to get in five races.  We had nearly the same course as last Saturday, with the line near the ICA and the windward between Boston Sailing Center/East Boston Pier 1.  5-8 knots steadily declined until our last race turned into a battle against the outbound current.  This brought up some interesting points around finishing, drifting, fouling, etc.  A sailboat has finished once any part of the boat has crossed the line... however, a sailboat is still racing until they have cleared the line.  If a finishing boat hits the mark or fouls other racing boats, then said boat must exonerate themselves with the appropriate spins and then re-finish.  The score of this boat will be in the place finished after exoneration is complete.  
The novelty of an upwind finish was appreciated by both RC and the fleet, but I do feel that the downwind finish requires a lot of strategy.  From the committee boat, we have gotten pretty good at figuring out who is going to get to the line first when there's a clump of boats coming down.  The decision between pointing your boat directly at the line to sail the shortest distance verses sailing high for speed is what it often comes down to, and those who manage when to switch from one mode to another strategically are the boats that get the 5'th place instead of the 9'th out of a close finish.  Especially for those new to the fleet, sometimes it can be good to stop comparing your speed to others when coming down on the line, and instead think about your position vs.  other boats position with relation to the line.  Are you making a perpendicular to the line while that other boat is pointed towards the pin end?  Are they chasing a small puff, or are they even paying attention to their angle? Can you maintain your velocity, and will the shorter distance pay out over the other boats slightly greater velocity?  
I can't tell you that the answer will always be yes, because it won't, but it is important to build up a set of simple questions that cycle through your head for certain parts of the race, questions that bring you from inside your boat out to the bigger picture - the fleet, the wind, the course, the current - and then back into your sail trim, your boat-handling, your seated position, etc.  I have a set of these mental flashcards that are particular to each part of the race - the thirty seconds after the start, the beat, the 30 seconds immediately after a windward mark rounding, the slog downwind on a light air day.  When I feel slow, totally uncreative, or just completely out of sync with the race, running through these preset questions bring me back into it mentally. 
Chris Palmieri and Gretchen Curtis took the day with palindromic placing - 1, 4, 2, 4, 1.. followed by Mark Lindsey/George Persiantsev with 16 points, Gordy Baird/Ed Mayo with 22 points and Stan Kostka/Steve Dutcher close behind with 23 points. Complete Scores can be found here.
The general consensus seems to be that chili in the boathouse after racing worked out well, so lets continue with it!  We were happy to kick things off with supplies(chili, cheese, chips, bowls, spoons, etc.), and thanks to everyone who chipped in - we made back nearly half of what we spent (we got more chili than needed..).  Mark Deshong brought a boatload of delicious rolls from the North End as well!  Now that we have a better idea of amounts needed, it seems that about 40 rolls and 4 gallons of chili might be the right amount, but the two bags of grated cheese were not enough.  It seems that quite a few racers are interested in making chili and bringing it in.. which would be awesome.  If anybody wants to follow through on making a vat of chili, please let me know and I'll start a signup list!
This weekend will be our combined Holiday Party/Fall Series Awards, so please stick around after racing - it will be the last time we see you all until 2013!
Sunday, 16 December 2012 19:00

Day 5 Recap

Happy Monday, Frostbiters!
I hope you are all enjoying the lovely, foggy weather this afternoon.  Saturday we had quite the opposite - a truly gorgeous, sunny December day.   
Day 5 of the frostbite series started off with two blasts on the horn and the AP flag.  The predicted breeze of 8 knots NW/ N came and went before we even made it out to the course.  After nearly an hour of glass, a SE breeze filled in and we got our first race started around 1:00 p.m.  Over the next couple hours the SE 5-8 knots stabilized into a nice 8-10 ESE and we managed to get 4 races in despite the long postponement and an inconveniently timed inbound tanker.  The fleet stayed very compressed, with most finishes taking only a couple minutes between first and last place, even with the extra-long downwind at the end of the day.  
For the day:
Steve Clancy and Mark Deshong took first with 13 points
Chris Palmieri and Gretchen Curtis took second with 14.7 points*
Matt Marston and Ben Geffkenn took third with 16 points, narrowly beating Gordon Baird and Zach O'Brien at 17 points.  
*Redress awarded to Chris Palmieri in Race 3 due to RC error (sorry!), hence the non-integer score..
For the Fall Series: 
Chris Palmieri with crews Gretchen Curtis and Brook Assad took first overall.  
Matt Marston sailed with Cheney Brand, Ben Geffken, and Dan Marston to take second.
Mark Lindsay sailed with Jim Watson, George Persiantsev, and Kristan van der Voss to take third.
-See full scores for Days 1-5, and Fall Series.
-Sign up of Protest Committee
-Sign up to bring chili or other fun things 
Check out some pictures from Saturday here -  Don't miss the epic downwind battle between Juni Terry and Mark Lindsey in Race 3!
A very big thank you to Jen Bodde for bringing in a couple cauldrons of delicious soup, Niko Kotsatos for making an impressive first-time last-minute morning chili, Mark Deshong for braving the North End for rolls, and Ed Marcus for keeping us civilized by supplying paper goods.  
Happy Holidays, and see you all in the New Year!
Saturday, 15 December 2012 13:31

Boat Sales

Our inventory of boats for sale is changing all of the time.  For an updated listing of what Courageous has for sale please our Fleet Manager, Dan Keenan.

Saturday, 15 December 2012 13:29

Sail Donation


Donated sails are typically used in our youth and membership programs and then sold after several years of use to help keep our youth sailing programs free.  In particular, we are looking for good quality J/22 mainsails, jibs and spinnakers.  Please contact Dan Keenan our fleet manager if you are considering donating a sail to Courageous.

All contributions are tax deductible to the extent the law permits

Saturday, 15 December 2012 13:20

Boat Donation


Donated boats are typically used in our youth and membership programs and then sold after several years of use to help keep our youth sailing programs free.  In particular, we are looking for good quality Rhodes 19s, J/22s and larger cruising boats.  Please contact Dan Keenan our fleet manager if you are considering donating a boat to Courageous.

All contributions are tax deductible to the extent the law permits

Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:59

Emplment - IIT Head Coach

Instructor In Training (IIT) - Head Coach

The Instructor in Training program at Courageous.....................


  • Current US Sailing Level 1 instructor certification or equivalent (RYA cert, etc) OR willingness to take and pass Level 1 course by the end of June 2012
  • Current First Aid/CPR certification
  • 3+ years sailing experience
  • 1+ years teaching sailing or participating in the Courageous instructor-in-training program or equivalent
  • Passing sailing skills check-out with Youth Director
  • Positive, enthusiastic and flexible attitude
  • Strong problem solving skills and an ability to adapt to changing program needs depending on changes in weather, number of students, number of boats, etc.
  • Team-oriented
  • Excellent references
  • A passion for sailing, the ocean, the environment and working with kids


Other considerations for this position:

  • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.)
  • Other teaching and youth development experience
  • Prior experience on Boston Harbor a plus
  • Keelboat experience


Kate Henderson, Director of Youth Programs

Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 12




Apply to be a Step 1 Instructor



Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:56

Employment - YP Step 1 & 2 Leader

Step 1: Sailing 101 Leader
Step 2: Beginner Sailing Leader 


Job Description

The Step 1 & Step 2 Leaders' primary responsibilities are to oversee and facilitate the day-to-day operation of their respective "Steps" at their respective sites.
As Step 1 & 2 are the point of entry for the majority of Courageous’ youth sailors, the Step 1 & 2 Leaders must be highly energetic and excited about sailing and teaching sailing.  The leader must be a team player and strong role model, capable of motivating and mentoring Courageous’ newest instructors and youngest sailors.   
While the Step 1 and Step 2 leaders are each charged with maintaining a fun, friendly and positive environment, this person is also charged with instilling within their instructors and students a deep respect for the Courageous fleet, the ocean environment and for one another.  Also, this person must uphold a high standard of instruction in order to adequately prepare students for advancement through the Learn-to-Sail curriculum and into more advanced sailing courses at Courageous. 
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to: planning classes; creating advance plans for rainy days; planning “Fun Fridays” and other themed events throughout the summer; running classes from a support boat; training instructors and instructors-in-training; instructor performance evaluations; leading chalk talks; making sure all equipment for the class is cared for and well-maintained; working with the Youth Director to infuse sailing classes with environmental education and leadership training; communicating with leaders/coaches of other levels to coordinate advancement of students; assisting the Site Director with opening and closing the site; helping to fuel and warm up motor-boats each morning; working with Head Instructor Trainer to manage Instructors-in-Training.


At Jamaica Pond the Step 1 Leader may also function as the Site Director and works closely with the Youth Program Director.  For more information, please refer to the Site Director job descriptions.


At Charlestown, the Step 1 & 2 Leaders reports to and works closely with the Assistant Youth Program Director and Youth Program Director.  The Charlestown Step 1 & 2 Leaders will also assist in overseeing the training of our instructors-in-training and work closely with the Step 5: IIT coach to coordinate these efforts. For more information, please see job descriptions regarding Step 5: IIT positions. 


    • US Sailing Certified Level 1 Instructor or equivalent certifications 
    • Current First Aid/CPR certification 
    • Extensive safety boat driving experience CSC motorboat qualified (mandatory in-house certification that is somewhat more rigorous than completion of NASBLA-approved safety boat course through the MA Environmental Police and/or through the US Sailing Level I certification course) 
    • 3+ years experience teaching sailing 
    • Ability to communicate well with public, parents, partner organizations, etc. 
    • Experience in basic sailboat and powerboat maintenance 
    • Positive, enthusiastic, flexible, "can-do" attitude 
    • Self-starter with strong work ethic and attention to detail 
    • Team-oriented 
    • Outstanding references 
    • A passion for sailing, the ocean, the environment and working with youth 

Other considerations for this position: 

    • Other certifications (Lifeguard, EMT, WFA, WFR, etc.) 
    • Prior experience in leadership role in a youth sailing program (specifically with children between the ages of 8 and 12) 
    • Prior outdoor education or summer camp councilor experience 
    • Other teaching experience 
    • More advanced Racing or Cruising experience
    • Prior experience on Boston Harbor a plus



Kate Henderson, Director of Youth Programs

Phone: 617-242-3821 ext. 12




Apply to be a Step 1&2 Leader



Saturday, 08 December 2012 10:51

Jamaica Pond Contact

Sailing Address:
507 Jamaica Way
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

(617) 522-5061

Off Season Telephone:
(617) 242-3821 ext. 12


Friday, 07 December 2012 18:24

Fleet - Ericson 28 Spec


Overall length 28'0" (8.53m)  seafarer 30 drawing
Waterline length 23'4" (7.11m)
Beam 10'0" (3.05m)
Draft 5'6" (1.67 m)
Sail Area 411 ft2 (38.18m2)
Displacement 7500 lb (3402 kg)
Lead keel 3200 lb (1451 kg)
Engine 10 HP diesel
Fuel Tank 15 US gal.
Fresh Water Tank 25 US gal.
Friday, 07 December 2012 18:24

Fleet - Ericson 28

BROOMSTICK is our primary training boat for Basic Cruising and Bareboat Cruising courses. Most weekends she will be out with a crew of 4 eager cruisers under the tutelage of one of our skilled cruising instructors. She is very well appointed above and below deck, making day and overnight sails quite comfortable. BROOMSTICK is a cruiser first, but she's been known to enter a few races in the Boston area.



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